A Visit with Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in Poolesville, MD

A Visit with Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in Poolesville, MD

Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in Poolesville, MD. Photography by Sarah Alice Photography

Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary must be animal heaven, only better because these rescued animals actually get to experience it alive! These adorable ladies and gentleanimals are saved from slaughter farms and unlivable conditions. They’re then brought to the 400 acre Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary, where they get the best care, rehabilitation, and a permanent homes to live out their days.

As if the overload of cuteness isn’t enough to warm your heart, that compassionate mission statement certainly should be! (And I’m not even being paid to say that, I just love it that much!) You can check out the Sanctuary’s website for more information, and to schedule a tour.

Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in Poolesville, MD. Photography by Sarah Alice Photography

Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in Poolesville, MD. Photography by Sarah Alice Photography

It’s rare to have an experience that places you so close to these animals in a face-to-face encounter, and especially on the animals’ terms. Spending time with them, watching them engage in natural behaviors, and having the privilege of sharing their space (and their fur, feathers, and their very appreciated, although very damp, kisses), uniquely puts you in a position as their equals.

It’s as educational as it is fun and fuzzy. For example, did you know that sheep don’t just “baa” to manipulate you into giving them animal crackers? Different vocalizations indicate different emotions, at least one of which I’m sure is “Yeah, I know you think I’m cute.” Don’t believe me? Just look at that face.

Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in Poolesville, MD. Photography by Sarah Alice Photography

Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in Poolesville, MD. Photography by Sarah Alice Photography

Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in Poolesville, MD. Photography by Sarah Alice Photography

Each animal also has a name, a backstory, and a life at the sanctuary. I have a lot of respect for the employees, rescuers, and volunteers – not only for dedicating their time and their love to these animals, but also for being able to tell all of them apart!

Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in Poolesville, MD. Photography by Sarah Alice PhotographyPoplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in Poolesville, MD. Photography by Sarah Alice Photography

Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in Poolesville, MD. Photography by Sarah Alice Photography

Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in Poolesville, MD. Photography by Sarah Alice Photography

And before you think I’m sheep biased, there were plenty of other animals to see, hear, and touch too. Like cute little piggies! “Little” being a term of endearment and not to be taken literally, because as it turns out, pigs are not all like Babe. These guys get to be around 1,000 pounds!

Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in Poolesville, MD. Photography by Sarah Alice Photography

And then there was this funny looking majestic turkey.

Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in Poolesville, MD. Photography by Sarah Alice Photography

…And this three legged goat…

Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in Poolesville, MD. Photography by Sarah Alice Photography

…And this guy, whatever it is he’s up to.

Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in Poolesville, MD. Photography by Sarah Alice PhotographyPoplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in Poolesville, MD. Photography by Sarah Alice Photography

To the compassionate souls, animal and human, at Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary, thank you for the wonderful experience! It truly was one-of-a-kind – just like each of your furry, fuzzy, and feathered friends.

-Sarah

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